Description

After upgrading my old computer for the past five years, my i7-4790k was finally feeling a bit insufficient for my production work. When the 3950X was announced I started to think about switching to AMD (my past 3 builds in the past decade were all Intel-based). Finally bit the bullet and made a (mostly) new build in anticipation of the 3950X. Currently I have a 3600X in there, which I'll move over to my old computer when the 3950X arrives so it can work as a living room HTPC/couch gaming computer. The 2080 Ti is a transplant from my old machine as well. Decided to go full RGB crazy, because that's apparently all the rage these days, and the wife likes rainbows.

And yes, this build wasn't really made with budget in mind, with the hope that it'll last a long time and that I can really push the limits of my PC's productivity performance. And yes, no custom water cooling on such a stupidly built machine because I'm not confident enough to even try. Only thing missing now is to set up my NAS so I don't destroy the 2TB NVME drive.

P.S. Photos were before I realized I only had one cable going to my 2080 Ti. Just to be safe I later plugged two cables in, rather than the daisy-chained single cable, so please ignore that lol.

Part Reviews

CPU

Solid performance and good price. I personally upgraded from a 4790K, and while paper specs don't seem like much of an improvement, it still gave me a good speed increase both in normal use and benchmarks, and the price is still very affordable, so it works great as a step-gap for me while I wait for the Ryzen 9 3950X to come out.

CPU Cooler

Great build quality, great looks, solid performance AIO. Fans are dead silent without sacrificing too much cooling performance (can always change speed via Corsair iCue). RGB looks pretty amazing and highly customization. No complaints.

Motherboard

ASUS packaging leaves much to be desired (no plastic wrap or tape on the box, not secure whatsoever so it lets dust in etc.), but otherwise a solid board with the usual great ASUS BIOS and RGB effects. Great connectivity on the rear and ports on the board itself. Build quality feels solid overall, and it was fairly easy to install things such as the NVME drives. Unfortunately (and this seems like a widespread issue among X570 boards) it's boot-up speeds are quite slow, as in even slower than my 5-year-old build, with boot-up/start-up times ranging from 25 to 40 seconds long. My old machine had startup times from approximately 15-25s.

Memory

Great looking RAM with great performance, and a good value proposition compared to Corsair's RAM offerings of the same size and speed. RGB looks great, although the flow and color changing of the RGB LEDs leave something to be desired when controlled through Aura Sync, as it appears visibly choppy and sluggish as it switches colors, compared to the rest of my build's RGB lights which all have smooth transitions. The edges on the top of the ram are also quite sharp, making it very awkward to install as it leaves very little "safe" room to push the RAM into the board.

Storage

Amazing performance, reaching advertised speeds and making the system overall very choppy. Temperature gets a bit hot but never exceeds a reasonable or performance impacting amount.

Case

Great build quality overall with amazing aesthetics. The case does get easily unbalanced if the glass panel on either side gets opened without a full system being installed, so watch out for it potentially tipping and falling. Also, cable management covers behind glass panel get very finicky and the bottom cover kept sliding off too easily while working on cable management. PSU shroud should also have been removable, and caused quite a bit of headache during installation, as well as inhibiting easy upgrades and addition of new PSU cables, as you have to awkwardly plug in new cables through a cramped side access hole at 90 degrees to the PSU. No idea why they went with this design for the PSU shroud. Otherwise it comes with lots of features and is a very good case with the usual Phanteks goodness (compartmentalized plastic case for screws for example), but the small headaches dampened the experience greatly.

Power Supply

Price is a bit high, but overall quality is great, though cables aren't anything to write home about. So far so good.

Operating System

Been using Windows 10 Pro for the past 5 years, always served me well. People rightfully have issues and concerns with Microsoft's data collection and forced updates, but personally haven't had any serious issues so far.

Case Fan

Solid with good performance and amazing RGB effects. Not as fancy as the LL series of fans, but good for people who want a more subtle RGB effect.

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Comments

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Absolutely stunning build with awesome specs. Great job!

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Have you had any luck with the boot up time? Like, have you tried enabling quick boot or something in the BIOS? Or checked to see if there is an update for the BIOS? I am strongly considering this board because I don't need WiFi, and I am not spending that much on a board that can do water cooling... (Crosshair VIII Formula) What a joke! lol

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

With the latest BIOS and drivers from ASUS I'm getting 20 to 25 seconds for BIOS time according to Windows. It's a bit disappointing and hopefully will be improved, especially when I'm booting on NVME. I've tried switching quick boot on and off and I don't remember it making much of a difference.

  • 18 days ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. Very much like what I am planning. Can I please ask a few questions: 1) I also am using an ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Hero ATX AM4 Motherboard, so I am curious about placement of the Sabrent Rocket 2TB NVMe Gen 4.0 internal SSD. Did you get the version with their heatsink, and did it fit? Did you try in both the M.2_1 and M.2_2 locations? I have found conflicting posts indicating that the M.2_2 slot is the preferred slot for a boot drive as the M.2_1 slot shares PCI lanes with the preferred graphics card PCIe slot. Any experience? 2) I like lots of fans. What was your theory about the direction of air flow, in versus out? I still have to do some research on this. 3) Any chance you are dual booting Windows and Linux. Any input would be appreciated. Thanks a lot.

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